Oracle’s Strategy for Advanced Analytics

April 15, 2014
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At Oracle our goal is to enable you to get timely insight from all of your data. We continuously enhance Oracle Database to allow workloads that have traditionally required extracting data from the database to run in-place. We do this to narrow the ga...

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Investigating the relationship between gold and bitcoin prices with R.

April 15, 2014
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Investigating the relationship between gold and bitcoin prices with R.

Image by Ennio Pozzetti   In this post I will explore some of the movements in markets in recent years, these movements have caught many by surprise resulting in some people unexpectedly striking it rich while others have lost a great deal. I am no financial advisor, nor do I have a background in financial

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Wealth and Skill | A Talk to Students

April 15, 2014
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I enjoyed talking to University of Alabama students this morning about wealth, skill, and luck.  I tried to synthesize a whole lot of research into something meaningful.  Of course, it would not have been possible without rCharts + Slidify.  Thanks ...

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Quantitative Finance Applications in R – 5: an Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation

April 15, 2014
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Quantitative Finance Applications in R – 5: an Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation

by Daniel Hanson Last time, we looked at the four-parameter Generalized Lambda Distribution, as a method of incorporating skew and kurtosis into an estimated distribution of market returns, and capturing the typical fat tails that the normal distribution cannot. Having said that, however, the Normal distribution can be useful in constructing Monte Carlo simulations, and it is still commonly...

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googleVis 0.5.1 released on CRAN

April 15, 2014
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googleVis 0.5.1 released on CRAN

GoogleVis 0.5.1 was released on CRAN yesterday. New Features New functions gvisSankey, gvisAnnotationChart, gvisHistogram,gvisCalendar and gvisTimeline to support the new Google charts of the same names (without 'gvis'). New demo Trendlines showing how...

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Use of freqparcoord for Regression Diagnostics

April 14, 2014
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Use of freqparcoord for Regression Diagnostics

This is the third in my series of three posts on my package freqparcoord with Yingkang Xie. (My next post after this will show how to use R to explore one of my favorite examples of “what can go wrong” in statistics.) Here is a very brief review of my previous posts regarding freqparcoord. A

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Video: Mining Tweets with R

April 14, 2014
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This post shares the video from the talk presented in 2014 by Eu Jin Lok on mining tweets with R presented at Melbourne R Users. Twitter is currently ranked in the top 10 for most-visited website, and averaging 500 million … Continue reading →

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BH release 1.54.0-2

April 14, 2014
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Yesterday's release of RcppBDT 0.2.3 lead to an odd build error. If one used at the same time a 32-bit OS, a compiler as recent as g++ 4.7 and the Boost 1.54.0 headers (directly or via the BH package) then the file lexical_cast.hpp barked and failed t...

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Interfacing R with Web technologies

April 14, 2014
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A new Task View on CRAN will be of anyone who needs to connect R with Web-based applications. The Web Technologies and Services Task View lists R functions and pacakges for reading data from websites (via public APIs or by scraping data from HTML packegs); for interfacing with Cloud-based platforms (including AWS); for authenticating and accessing data from social...

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Transitioning to Stan

April 14, 2014
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Kevin Cartier writes: I’ve been happily using R for a number of years now and recently came across Stan. Looks big and powerful, so I’d like to pick an appropriate project and try it out. I wondered if you could point me to a link or document that goes into the motivation for this tool The post

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Modeling "This Time is Different" in R

April 14, 2014
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Modeling "This Time is Different" in R

Check out PDF for EquationsAnd Code to run yourselfIntroduction: “This Time is different” by Reinhart and Rogoff is an empirical history of financial crises and panics.  It describes many economic events such as; inflation, bubbles, and...

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Example 2014.4: Hilbert Matrix

April 14, 2014
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Example 2014.4: Hilbert Matrix

Rick Wicklin showed how to make a Hilbert matrix in SAS/IML. Rick has a nice discussion of these matrices and why they might be interesting; the value of H_{r,c} is 1/(r+c-1). We show how to make this matrix in the data step and in R. We also show t...

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Modeling "This Time is Different"

April 14, 2014
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Modeling "This Time is Different"

Check out PDF for Equations And Code to run yourselfIntroduction: “This Time is different” by Reinhart and Rogoff is an empirical history of financial crises and panics.  It describes many economic events such as; inflation, bubbles, and defaults.The theme that ties these events together is the idea that people have an unrealistic expectation of the future because...

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Public Universities Should Use Open Source Software

April 14, 2014
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Public Universities Should Use Open Source Software

(This article was first published on Econometrics by Simulation, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) The Homeless Econometrician: Black Box SoftwareChoosing to go open source is a big deal.  It means that when asking for help or new improvements you are dealing with a highly active and generous user community which enjoys helping instead of a corporation which needs to...

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Regular expressions in R vs RStudio

April 14, 2014
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Regular expressions in R vs RStudio

The 'regex' family of languages and commands is used for manipulating text strings. More specifically, regular expressions are typically used for finding specific patterns of characters and replacing them with others. These technique have a range of applications and R's base installation has powerful regex tools (not to mention add-on packages for string manipulation such as stringr). Yet regex in R is cause of...

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The ins and outs of interacting with web APIs

April 14, 2014
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We've received a number of questions from our users about dealing with the finer details of data sources on the web. Whether you're reading data from local storage such as a csv file, a .Rdata store, or possibly a proprietary file format, you've most likely run into some issues in the past. Common problems include passing incorrect paths, files...

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Regular expressions in R vs RStudio

April 14, 2014
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Regular expressions in R vs RStudio

The 'regex' family of languages and commands is used for manipulating text strings. More specifically, regular expressions are typically used for finding specific patterns of characters and replacing them with others. These technique have a range of applications and R's base installation has powerful regex tools (not to mention add-on packages for string manipulation such as stringr). Yet regex in R is cause of...

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RcppBDT 0.2.3

April 13, 2014
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A new release of the RcppBDT package is now on CRAN.Several new modules were added; the package can now work on dates, date durations, "ptime" (aka posix time), and timezones. Most interesting may be the fact that ptime is configured to use 96 bi...

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Exploring US healthcare data

April 13, 2014
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A few days ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released some unprecedented data on the US healthcare system. The data consists of 9 million rows showing how much each doctor in the US charged Medicare, for what, and how much Medicare paid out. It doesn't quite cover everything (for example, services with less than 11...

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Survey: Computing Your Own Post-Stratification Weights in R

April 13, 2014
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Social Science Goes R: Weighted Survey Data Survey Data: Computing Your Own Weights The second installment in my series on working with survey data in R explains how to compute your own post-stratification weights to use with survey data. For a more...

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Finally, an easy way to fix the horizontal lines in ggplot2 maps

April 13, 2014
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ggplot2 tries to make it super easy to add country or state borders to your map, and for the most part it works great as long as you include the entire map region in your plot (all the states or the entire world map for example). A long standing issue with the ggplot2 borders() function

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Open Science Through R

April 13, 2014
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There's so much being written about R these days, and justifiably so. If you use R for your econometrics, you should also keep in mind that its applicability is far wider than statistical analysis. A big HT to the folks at Quandl for leading me to a nice overview of the way in which R is enabling some big...

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ChIPseeker for ChIP peak annotation

April 13, 2014
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ChIPpeakAnno WAS the only one R package for ChIP peak annotation. I used it for annotating peak in my recent study.I found it does not consider the strand information of genes. I reported the bug to the authors, but they are reluctant to change.Read More: 2903 Words Totally

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Earthquakes: Land / Ocean Distribution

April 13, 2014
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Earthquakes: Land / Ocean Distribution

The next stage in my earthquake analysis project is to partition the events into groups with epicentre over land or water. Since our existing catalog contains the latitude and longitude for the epicentres, it was a relatively simple matter to pipe these into gmtselect and label the events accordingly. The resulting data when sucked into

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Following open courseware

April 13, 2014
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I love massive open online courses such as provided on Coursera and edX. So I enrolled in the Data Analysis for Genomics course on edX. I am not alone there as seen from this posting on FreshBiostats.I was shocked when I took the Pre-Course R self-asse...

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GeoCoding, R, and The Rolling Stones – Part 1

April 12, 2014
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GeoCoding, R, and The Rolling Stones – Part 1

Originally posted on Rolling Your Rs:In this article I discuss a general approach for Geocoding a location from within R, processing XML reports, and using R packages to create interactive maps. There are various ways to accomplish this, though using Google’s GeoCoding service is a good place to start. We’ll also talk a bit…

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WrightMap 1.1 Ancillary Antelope Released

April 12, 2014
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WrightMap 1.1 Ancillary Antelope Released

The new version of WrightMap (Ancillary Antelope) is now available on CRAN.Remember that you can visit the package tutorials on our website.This new version includes:- New function to create fit graphs like the example below.- Parameter conversion: Function for calculating Thurstonian thresholds from Master’s deltas. - New examples. - Added axis range controls. - Made histogram...

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Visualizing Age-Length Keys

April 12, 2014
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Visualizing Age-Length Keys

Lately, I have been interested in methods related to age-length keys. One aspect of this interest has been in visualizing age-length keys. I had seen various visualizations in publications and wanted to be able to reproduce those relatively efficiently. To … Continue reading →

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Heatmap of Toronto Traffic Signals using RGoogleMaps

April 12, 2014
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Heatmap of Toronto Traffic Signals using RGoogleMaps

A little while back there was an article in blogTO about how a reddit user had used data from Toronto's Open Data initiative to produce a rather cool-looking map of all the locations of all the traffic signals here in the city.It's neat because as the author on blogTO notes, it is recognizable as Toronto...

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